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by Darol Anger & Mike Marshall

The first new collaboration in 7 years from these two masters of American string music.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro
0:31 album only
2. Peter Pan
3:09 album only
3. Slip and Slide
6:13 album only
4. Who Had Whom
5:59 album only
5. Borealis
7:37 album only
6. Interlude #1
0:27 album only
7. The Unbearable Gift
7:04 album only
8. Bach, Up
5:42 album only
9. Interlude # 2
0:28 album only
10. Replaceitall
4:17 album only
11. Hearts Wait
6:11 album only
12. Interlude # 3
0:18 album only
13. The Creep
4:29 album only
14. Outro
1:03 album only


Album Notes
Much of this recording was conceived as a twenty- year update and progression of the Duo's masterpiece, CHIAROSCURO, released on Windham Hill Records in 1985, which amazingly, sold over 65,000 copies worldwide over a 5 year period. As we have both learned so much about life and music since then, we hoped to extrapolate on what became a lot of peoples' favorite instrumental recording. We wanted to make a musical "message from the frontier" that would reflect our present emotional, intellectual and spritual selves.

Again, we have purposely created highly structured works, which would be difficult ( but not impossible ) to perform live. Again, we tried not to get too hung up on perfection but to communicate a vibe. And again, we wanted to showcase the glorious sound of our string instruments playing music in a space "bug enough to do it in."

Adapted from the liner notes by Darol Anger



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great, interesting, good variety
love the combinations of the two instruments, the variety of music, the clarity of recording


Another great album from Darol Anger and Mike Marshall should come as no surprise, but I think this may be their best yet. Buy it!


Excellent! Music that pulls us in!
Long-time collaborators Mike Marshall and Darol Anger have again created a treasure unsurpassed by any form or genre of music ever established. Woodshop was largely conceived and recorded by the musicians in homage to their multi-gold selling album Chiaroscuro from 1985. They blend their diverse repertoire of bluegrass, blues, jazz, celtic, and African, Latin and Asian-inspired music into something incredibly new and original. The tunes themselves are difficult to put into words, but the quick, repetitive motifs from "Peter Pan" and the sweet, somber melodies of "Borealis" are sure to please anyone looking for densely beautiful music. Every piece offers a pleasant and rewarding experience, and the artists' solos are fresh and new each time I hear them. I only wish I could play like these guys! But, after playing together for over 30 years now, its understandable that this little digital album holds so much talent. Highly recommended.

Tamara Turner, CD Baby

Woodshop, the first new collaboration in 7 years from these two masters of American string music, draws largely from their 1985, highly successful collaboration, Chiaroscuro, which sold over 65,000 copies worldwide. Now, after 30 years of musical and human experience, these two key players in the contemporary string band movement have come together to revisit the ideas and creative seeds that moved the public so deeply. Darol Anger and Mike Marshall have quite a history behind them both individually and as a duo, such as spearheading the David Grisman Quintet in the 1970s, the Turtle Island String Quartet in the 80s and working with musicians such as Stephane Grappelli, Tony Rice, Mark O'Connor, Bela Fleck, Michael Hedges, Tim O'Bien, and many more. While the spirit of the album circles around atmospheric and textural composition, blending the colors and bright, acoustic clarity often associated with country folk and bluegrass, their gentle brush strokes of jazzy harmonies and contemporary folk give a ever-expanding sense of landscape to these 14 viscerally-generous tracks. Zooming in beautifully on a particular sentiment, letting the instruments be unbound from designated song form, crafting incredible builds and emotional crescendos, and letting the music unfold from mood rather than by a top-down concept, these two masters have more than realized their emotional objective, leaving us with an unforgettable treasure.

farmer t

like an american zubot and dawson
if you love zubot and dawson then you will love this cd. slightly more complex but equally satisfying. Put this disk on close your eyes and imagine yourself in the middle of an amazing jam, the only better is playing in one(a jam)